Prison inmate's trial for beating guard is postponed
A prison inmate's trial for beating a Miami Correctional Facility guard last year has been postponed until April after a key witness fell ill.
A Miami Circuit Court judge set an April 22 trial date for 40-year-old Ruben Gonzalez on an aggravated battery charge after a key witness went on medical leave and is now unavailable until late April.
That guard suffered a skull fracture, broken jaw, hearing loss and internal bleeding after the February 2012 beating.
The Kokomo Tribune reports this delay is the third trial for Gonzalez who's accused of beating the guard unconscious with a padlock inside a sock at the Miami Correctional Facility.
Gonzalez' initial October trial date was postponed until November following a judge's death. His trial was then reset for March 11 at prosecutors' request.
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